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A Guide to Earthquakes

What causes tremors? What makes them stop? Can they be predicted? Are our buildings as safe as they can be?

Could a big earthquake reduce Manhattan to rubble someday?

A new study from the Earth Institute at Columbia University says there’s more seismic activity around the Big Apple than previously thought. Researchers also say they discovered a new active fault line running from Stamford, Conn., 25 miles (40.2 kilometers) west toward the Hudson River.

August 22, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy

Drilling for Earthquakes

Scientists are increasingly confident about the link between earthquakes and oil and gas production, yet regulators are slow to react

March 28, 2016 — Anna Kuchment

The Threat of Silent Earthquakes

A lack of rumbling does not necessarily make an earthquake harmless. Some of the quiet types could presage devastating tsunamis or larger, ground-shaking shocks

March 1, 2004 — Peter Cervelli

Tsunami: Wave of Change

In the tragic aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, scientists and warning centers are now better equipped to forecast and model these monstrous waves

January 1, 2006 — Eric L. Geist, Vasily V. Titov and Costas E. Synolakis